Pulitzer Prize Winner Tracy K. Smith to Deliver 2014 Feminist Founders Reading at Emory

February 20, 2014

ATLANTA¿Award-winning poet Tracy K. Smith delivers the Feminist Founders Reading at Emory University on Wednesday, March 5 at 6:30 p.m. in the Presentation Room of the Oxford Road Building as part of the 2013-2014 Creative Writing Program Reading Series.

Tracy K. Smith won the 2012 Pulitzer Prize in Poetry for her collection, "Life on Mars" (Graywolf, 2011) which was also selected as a New York Times Notable Book. The collection draws on sources as disparate as Arthur C. Clarke and David Bowie, and is in part an elegiac tribute to her late father, an engineer who worked on the Hubble Telescope. "Duende" (2007) won the 2006 James Laughlin Award from the Academy of American Poets and an Essence Literary Award. The Body's Question (2003) was the winner of the 2002 Cave Canem Poetry Prize. Smith was the recipient of a Rona Jaffe Writers Award in 2004 and a Whiting Award in 2005.

Smith¿s visit to Emory will also include an afternoon colloquium and an evening conversation with U.S. Poet Laureate and Emory professor Natasha Trethewey.

Schedule of Events:

All events are free and open to the public and are cosponsored by the Emory Department of Women¿s, Gender and Sexuality Studies and the Center for Women.


About Tracy K. Smith

Smith grew up in Massachusetts and earned her B.A. at Harvard University. She received her M.F.A in Creative Writing from Columbia before going on to be selected as a Stegner Fellow in Poetry at Stanford University. Currently, she teaches Creative Writing at Princeton University.

About Emory University¿s Creative Writing Program:

The undergraduate Creative Writing Program at Emory celebrates its 23rd anniversary this year. Students approach the study of literature through their own creative writing, as well as by the more traditional method of critical analysis and reading. US Poet Laureate Natasha Trethewey, the Robert W. Woodruff Professor of English and Creative Writing, directs the program.